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THe Daily Nebraskan
Tuesdav. November 19. 1957
To the Urgency of
Too often Americans must be shocked into
rung upon the vital issues of the day.
Complacent Americans panicked the day the
stock market crashed in 1929 never suspecting
that a drastic drop was inevitable.
Wooly minded Americans realized abruptly
tha Communist menace close to the end of the
Second World War.
Xow a new menace fares the American people
and this nation cannot be caught asleep at the
The problems which education are slamming
upon the citizens not only of Lincoln and Ne
braska but of the entire country must be met
with a cool and calculated solution. But even
today may be just a slight bit late in accom
plishing what we must accomplish to establish
ourselves on the pinnacle of world leadership.
And this problem which education must cope
with demands that all the resources of the
country be called upon to bring back into focus
the elementary idea that a strong education is
the strength of a nation.
And so in keeping with the words of Presi
dent Eisenhower to the effect that our schools
are not meeting and are not prepared to offer
the subjects to meet the standards of the world
today, eleven scholars and professors at the
University have issued a statement which caiis
for a revamping of the qualification basis for
At the present time certification is done by
the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
upon recommendation of the dean of the Teach
ers College only. This recommendation is not
given unless a student is matriculated in the
Teachers College and has taken a number of
professional education courses.
The eleven professors believe that certification
should be placed in the subject matter depart
ments that give the students the basic knowl
edge which they will have to teach.
The report of the eleven .says, ' The sole
students in the fields of sciences, mathematics,
languages and even history a. id English have
frequently been unwilling to submit to the certi
fication procedures imposed on the prospective
"Persons prepared to ofter basic subjeu; mat
ter courses could be obtained directly from
departments that offer such subject matter if
these departments were permitted to recom
mend students for certification as teachers."
The professors believe that until the schools
take scientists, mathematicians and linguists to
teach basic subject matter there ''is no hope oi
the United States successfully competing with
Russia's educational system. Basic subject mat
ter fields must be advanced to the foreground
in our system of education."
And right they are.
America cannot sit back and let trainers go
Into the classrooms ill prepared to meet the
challenge which enterprising youngsters present
the Eleven Points
But there are many objections to the program,
as can well and readily be seen. For example,
one might object that at the present time
teachers must be w illing not only to present
classroom material but also to act as counselors
to the students who bring their problems, their
grievances, their dreams into the educator's
office. Education courses aid the teacher to
meet these problems with sensible solutions.
However, the "professional educators" must
now take a back seat to sound education.
It is not enough to be able to answer the
personal questions of the student and to know
the ins and outs of educational methods.
Educators must be Inspired and learned indi
viduals who have gone through college filling
their minds with facts and figures and the great
ideas of man. They must be able to present the
material correctly and unfalteringly.
So the eleven professors at the University
believe it is necessary for the particular de
partment in which a prospective teacher has
studied to recommend whether that individual
knows his field, whether he can cope with the
myriad problems laid at his feet by inquisitive
It is a mistake to believe that because a man
has taken required education courses and s
minimum of courses in his field that he can
adequately meet the demands of today.
It is a mistake to believe that a man wno
would not otherwise be recommended by h,s
teachers on the University level should be
allowed to assume the burden of instruction in
a high school.
It is not a mistake to believe, however, that
America must have many new and fine teachers
as quickly as possible.
Thus the recommendation of the eleve.i pro
fessors comes at a time and in time tor the
state to sit up and take notice.
The Board of Regents must not sit idly by
with this recommendation of the professors
They must he willing to inaugurate action
which will, ai the very least, investigate the
feasibility of a program to certify those who
have not been teachers college products.
Perhaps some compromise will eventually b
arrived at which will allow those who have
taken a methods and a psychology course in
the teachers college in addition to the full load
in his specialty and other pertinent ''basic"
courses to be certified.
Tins we are led to believe, is sufficient ior a
teacher in today's high school.
But there must be no compromise when it
comes to quality in the teaching profession.
Those who have the spirit and the capabilities
to offer an inspiring course must not be kept
from our secondary school classes.
Nebraska must demand the highest quality of
The Board of Regents at the University must
take steps now to insure the people that their
youngsters will not suffer a deieat in the world
of knowledge by the enemy.
from the editor
First Things First,..
I note that a book has been contributed to
Love Library called, "The Skipper of the Clip
per," the autobiography of the University gradu
ate of 1898 who contributed funds for the
It is the actual, frank story of a firm that
has clipped its patrons for half a ce.itury. As a
matter of fact this is the 5th anniversary of
the firm the reason the book was written.
It is the story by Ralph Mueller, bell tower
founder and head of the Mueller Electric Co.
in Cleveland, which also makes paper clips.
There are few of us (students) left ('!) wiio
can remember back to 1W when Mueller was
being lampooned as the builder of the "singing
silo" or the "muttering marble." Campus wits,
nitwits, and organizations wrote comments about
the practicality of the 84 foot tower.
Even the late Theta Nu Epsiiou organization
feit compelled to write ttiat the group was not
responsible lor the painting of its beloved in
signia on the" tower.
Wrote the group, ' From tune to time, as it
Is widely known, our organization has decorated
the campus with our insignia. Unfortunately the
matter does not end here. On several occasions
certain groups or individuals, unknown to us
and certainly without our blessing, have tried
to do either one of two things: 1 1 Disguise
themselves as TNE's by ill-advised 'paintings"
w (2) defame our esteemed organization by
purposely defacing the campus structures. If
it were within our power we would gladly appre
hend these offenders and pu an end to such
"Since this is practically a:i impossibility, we
wish to slate that our organizations will never
carry our decorating beyond ttie limits of good
judgment and this particularly is true with
regard to the Mueller Carillion tower.
Since the construction of this picturesque edi
fice, it has become our policy to do nothing that
would detract from its magnificent beauty. We
by Jack Pollock
want il known by one and ail that the "Tower."
with us, is in sale hands as are ail other tra
ditional and sacred trusts." Signed. ' Yours for
Campus Beautification. The Illustrious Brothers
of Theta Nu Epsilon."
Campus critics and cranks have since U
gotten the tower and today it is another C'orn
husker symbol of Nebraska tradition. It faith
fully performs its duties as class announcer,
gridiron mood etab!isher and adds to religious
occasions, playing hymne on Sundays and Christ
mas carols durum the yuletide season.
What's all this have to do with "The Sk.pper
of the Clipper'.' 1 Nothing! I haven't read it.
Don't evt-n k;i.. what it's about. But it's
there . . .
Then there's the freshman coed at Marycrest
Coiiege in Davenport, Iowa, who defined the
word "Medieval" on her examination paper as
"Partly find "
Prop .meui of the quarter system may he
interested to know thai Die Iowa Suite Faculty
Council is starting a five-month series of pre
sentation., suggesting the school change from
the quarter to semester system. The suggestion
will he accepted or rejected by the profs, asso
ciate professors and assistant protestors some
time in April.
One possible reason for considering semester
was offered by Proiessor Edward Ohlseii, oi the
Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechan
ics, who said. 'Perhaps the administration
would cut down on overhear, There would he
only two registrations instead of four. Time is
lost through finals and making out class sched
ules. Dr. Christensen (chairman of the Faculty
Council) pointed out that one of the difficulties
was ttiat students entering from lM.iH-JHM would
have to have credits modified. He says, how
ever, that this would be a simple matter."
. . . And taking two finals sounds much bet
ter than taking lour . , .
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The Galley Slave
Spirit's all in the way you look
Don't stop reading here just be
cause I've used that word spirit.
But it is all in one's perspective.
ple, you prob
ably looked at
the story o n
ran in F r i -day's
the word "de
bate" put the "
for fear that
the story, as well
would be dull.
I can't seem to imagine the
days when torchlight parades were
he:d for debaters. As a matter
of fact it is becoming more and
more unimaginable to think about
football torchlight parades.
Times certainly have changed
and today there aren't any bon
fires, team signs and beauty con
tests within or without the debate
1 team. Though I imagine we could
have a very fine beauty contest
just among the female members
of the outfit.
So you see, it's a question of
what is in vogue. Spirit moves
from activity to activity. At North
Carolina State, the student body
was blasted for having no team
spirit even when the cage quintet
came across with a championship
Here debaters may win 85 per
cent of the debates and people
smile and say. "Hum, that's nice."
But let the football team lose and
the chips are down. The newspa
pers cry about the situation, the
radio and T.V. commentators do
their share of wailing and t h e
alums get hot hehded over the
Well, the debaters, who take to
the road on Saturdays don't get
much of a chance to see what's
happening on the gridiron, but we
have some idea how the football
ers feel about losing.
It's no fun.
That's the understatement of the
' iVt iti I'VE 50?T Or HAD Tt-!E
KEUN5 ALL D3Y THAT TKE
DID EVES HAVE V NO. I N I V0J1S A CCD FISH. S
AFELfN5UUTrlAT,J CAN'T SAY L AREN'T YOU? J ?
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st ere schitltz
Grip-slipping Bobby Ireland, the
second stringer sent in by the
coach to answer a particularly
nasty letterip addressed obliquely
to this corner, is apparently under
the impression that that letter was
written by Rex W. Menuey, noted
plebeian clod and author of The
Dialogues of Plato. Actually, of
course, we all have too much re
spect for R.ex to think that he
wrote the hypertense epistle in the
Piag of Friday last. The '"weep
ing reader" who had the un
utterable gall to refer to poor in
nocent me as a "jackle" must
have been some sixteen year old
girl; probably a precious precocious
high school sophomore, who thinks
that the art of English literature
died with Lord Byron. One cannot
suppose that a University npper
rlassman with any claims to in
telligence and literacy could have
written such unmanly and over
Sports Illustrated carried an ill
timed article last week entitled
"Why Is Oklahoma Unbeatable?"
I am told that it was greatly en
joyed by Tom Dewey, who as we
all know is well into his third
term as president of the United
States. But. at any rate, the
world's leadm? periodical on such
a'liletic endeavors as croquet and
chess can take pride in the tact
that their color pictures are sri.'l
the pride of the printing world.
Albeit the writer of this mis
begotten prediction has been de
prived of his tweedy togs and
turned out into the cruel world of
free lance by this time, lie did
make couple of pretty good
points, the best being that Okla
homa ran up a series of 47 straight
wins because the average Okla
homan has so much pride in his
state that he wouldn't think of
going anywhere else to school.
On the other hand, one suspects
sometimes that the University of
Nebraska is populated bv people
who would much rattier be some
where else, by students who would
like to be Ivy League in more than
belt buckle, by deieat ists who spend
most of their tune cursing '
bankbook which wouldn't a"
them to cross the state h '.
their educations In fact, 1 ir
times think thai the en;;: - : c
is subject to the same mass in
feriority complex. Once upon a
long time ago, I asked where the
Nebraska state flag was flown;
since then tuition has been raised,
the governor has smiled seedily a
thousand times, and I have turned
in my statue smasher for a mega
phone to magnify my mutterings,
but no one has ever answered my
question. And in the same inter
val, several thousand high school
seniors have consulted the College
(iuide, looking for somewhere
anywhere they could get a schol
arship so they wouldn't have to
This strikes me as a disgrace
ful condition which the people of
Nebraska condone and even en
courage. The pride in the state
is dead or at least bleeding pro
fusely: too many Nebraskans are
content to condemn the Sandhills
as slightly worse than the Sahara
and to call the eastern cities over
grown train stops.
And it is more disgraceful be
cause it could be so easily rem
edied. A tew dollars here and a
few dollars there could publicize
Nebraska which is really a pretty
great Mid Western state and the
University of same which is
really a darned fine Mid Western
school into believing in them
Colorado strikes me as pretty
dull and Pike's Peak is sacond
rate ss mountains go. but who
hasn't seen them in full pige.
four color spreads evidently paid
for by someone with enough in
terest to put out the funds. Fishing
is awful in most of Minnesota and
the roadsides are lined by imita
tion birch bark Indian huts, but
suckers go there to fish and buy
imitation birch bark uastepuper
baskets because tii" people of
Minnesota have j blow
their own horn ei'.-i il ;' is made
Now supptwe - i ;; -jppose
that the iif ..:ie the state legis
lature i .i. :i :,e-,.-noii, il didn't
v.'. . . ..-is carted pouring
in uj.ii sell-centered voters ask
ing what the hell all the money's
' ' ' ior. Supofse instead
to ' ;iie ,-..i.e poooahs set up a
omission to proclaim the vir
t -s of the state rattier than chant-
j its vices.
Twinkle twinkle flakes of snow.
Now Nebraska knows where you
And that means that it's time
to get galoshes and chains out,
for the winter has poetically be
gun with a pretty good salt
shaking from above.
And that, in turn, means that
the usual precautions for this kind
of habitat need to be called forth.
1 ) Watch the icy sidewalks. That
way you'll be sure to bump into
telephone pole, crack your brit
tle skull open, spill a lot of stupid
brains, and give the neighborhood
Pavlovs a saliva provoking indul
gence. 2) Drive carefully. Then you'll
miss your eightaclock, get zero on
the exam, and catch a nasty re
mark from the prof; but the last
part of the hour will have been
well spent on another rationalized
coffee break with the proper phi
losophizing. 3i Remember to put rocks
in your snowballs. For if you cast
empty laden ammo, you won't
bag the enemy as last. Therefore
the enemy can bounce your noggin
with his own cinder clods, and
you will get to spend a couple
days in student health and out of
And petition the administration
to close school when it gets to
the point of no return except by
snowshoes. Then y'all can enjoy
a midwinter midsemester mid
week weekend, and I can get some
Condolences: book reviewers
who have lousily small audiences
You'd think more Nebraskans, as
cultured as they all are, wojld
go to more things like book re
views, ballets, symphony concerts,
operas, poetry recitals, play read
ings, (They really do attend these
fairly well, generally. Maybe the
one instance of low show up was
due to prejudice or something. I
myself forgot about it, or I would
have been there with notebook and
Talking about poetry recitals.
Theie's going to be one this Tues
day evening at eight thirty over
in Morrill Hall. The poetry is go
ing to be by painters and about
painters, and anyone interested in
literature and an ought to go. The
reading h going to be by a group
from the tsylum (Andrews Hall .
and it sounds like an entertaining
The art and English departments
sponsored s similar program a
few weeks ago, you remember,
which turned out to be successful
really a very nice performance.
And you saw some favorable
comments about it then, in this
f'iasre af the year: football by
Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
The weeping reader has shed
his tears without any reason. And .
they've all dropped into a bowl
wherein I find myself a fish. Or
at least that's how it looks now
But there's a mistake. f-
Though I appreciate the sym
pathy (for if there's anything in a
person I have praise, for, it's sin- .
cerity not being facetious, eith
er), a more careful reading of .
parts in Wednesday's paper would
help. If that is impossible either
to do or to profit from doing, an
explanation now is in order.
My mind has undergone nothing
in the way of prostitution; I most
certainly have not conformed, in
many ways. Therefore I have not
The whole situation is unneces
sarily being made a mountain
when it began a mole hill. And
consequently a viscious cycle has
started; now each lap hits an-
other, and they all get entangled.
I was criticized by the icono
clast; then I snapped back at some
points where I thought he was
wrong although trying to be ap
preciative of the counsel.
Then I was felt sorry for on
account of a mental breakup and
acquiescence, and the iconoclast
was scolded and his mutterings
condemned. In short, a hubbub -i
was trying to be stirred up. And
ail for me.
Sigh. . . we're ail mixed up now.
But please, Rex, the whole thing
isn't such a gross matter.
Unless somebody is being subtle
and I'm naive, and I doubt that.
Nevertheless, once more, thanks.
It flattered me to see what good
taste some of the Aayteeoo people
have in chosing names for things.
Neck wringing of the week: to
girls who show up at functions
and start out the day's activity
with you and then excuse them
selves to go to another activity
when you've just arrived at the
planned one. That leaves you
girlless. awkward, rampaging: and
the naive freshwomen aren't be
ing very gracious.
Suggestion for a new craze. In
stead of asking "What year are
you, anyway?" Southern students
inquire. "How're ya classified?"
Letters to th Editor
Though I v' Stockpile of Daily Nehraskan Letterips
To the Ldi'.or:
It is my knowledge atil tne ex
perience with toy three children
through their grammar, high
school, and college education, that
compel me to point out that there
are some aspects in our Univer
sity of Nebraska, and not so much
in our pre-eoilege educational sys
tem, that are in due need of re
vision. In tiie suture cougloiriera'e of
the eleven professors v-'ti imd
grave faults in the present system
of teaching appointments, there
are men who should take a good
critical look at themselves. To my
knowledge most, if not all of them
showed no previous interest in the
educational system of Russia.
Some of them certainlv know that
the teaching of the Russian lan
guage at our University has been
kept systematically at a level far
below that in the best Universities
of the nation; and through the
years no advantage has been taken
to utilize the expert knowledge of
Russian language and Russian
system of education available at
Lincoln. Some of the eleven pro
fessors are personally responsible
for the recent lowering of the Uni
versity's educational level through
sn abuse of their offices for per
sonal advantages and misbehavior,
which made the life of their col
leagues in the respective depart
ment full of disappointment and
I address tins letter to those
among them who are not merely
after cheap publicity, but were
offering sincerely and unselfishly
their services lor a responsible
task of improvement of the edu
cational system in our state. I
think we ail should be willing to
oiler our services for this task
through our Adumbration and
the Board of Regents.
I fully believe ttiat we are all
good Americans, but we differ in
and in rndersia.'iding of the ways
and mc.iiis to improve tiie present
sit'ia'io:! through better use of tiie
ex i t.ng facilities and personnel a:
Perhaps an emergency commit
tee on education should he created
at once, whose purpose should be
taking stock of the present situ
ation and to recommend to the
Board of Regents a specific plan
for an immediate utilization of the
available instructional personnel
and facilities for the best benefit
of our state colleges and high
At Washington. D C. and a few
other large cities oi America, col
lege professors are already being
utilized as lecturers and advisers
in the local high schools. Why not
do it here?
M. K. Eliaa. Ph.D.. Yale Profra
or of f.raduatf College, Nebraska
l alveralty, f ormerly tirnfeawor of
geology at I'ral School of Mmes
and Polyler-hniral Institute of Vlad
To the Editor:
As chairman of the Film Com
mittee of the Student Union. I be
lieve the studenta of the Univer
sity of Nebrasks are deserving of
There have been this year a
number of cancellations of pictures
announced by the Committee for
Sunday Nite Movies and for show
ings at the Ag Union on Saturday
rugtiis We apologize for any in
convenience incurred, but wiih to
point out an example of a recent
instance which is typical of the
problems involved in presenting a
motion picture sene-i.
Word has been received from
Warner Bros. Picturra Distrubu
tuig Corp. that their filn, "Giant,"
will not be available to us for pre
sentation as announcetJ for De
cember 13. The explaiation of
tered was that the picture is "due
ior a theatrical re-issue, and all
bookings to schools are aow can
celled." Every attempt is being made by
the Film Committee to offer Ne
braska students the pick of the
available pictures. We only hope
they will be understanding of our
often difficult position. My per
sonal feeling la that our large er
ror this year has been gui'l to
what is so often a virtue. We save
been guilty of planning ahead. W'e
should have announced only ualf
our program at a time.
We have received confirmaton
on our substitution for "Giam."
Pending action by the distributor,
your Film Committee Sunday
night Movie for December 13 will
be tin; Elia Kazen production of
John Steinbeck's shocking best
seller, "East of Eden," a Warner
Bros. Picture in Warner Color,
starring James Dean, Julie Har
ne, Raymond Massey and Burl
Ives. It would be hoped that wa
will fie able to present the film aa
John C. West
To the Editor:
Why do we hear so much in the
rag about the University Young
Republican Club. So what if it is a
large organization; I hear it has
over 300 member. Don't the Dem
ocrats deserve a little co-operation
If it weren't that everyone on
the rag staff were Republicans, I
think the Democrats could organ
ize on campus. All they need is a
There are a lot of Democrats on
campus, ju.it as the number f
Democrats in Nebraska is growing
steadily. A strong Democratic cam
pus organization would be an asset
to the University community.
I Like Adial
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